Redgunk Tales: Apocalypse and Kudzu from Redgunk, Mississippi

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Set in the town of Redgunk, Mississippi-with a population of 400 people, a dog with black, smelly lips, and a mummy-these interwoven stories owe as much to Sophocles as they do to Flannery O'Connor, exploring the human condition against a background of swamp gas and lawnmower fumes. Redgunk is a place where Otis Zebrowsky, cable repairman, can suddenly be sucked into a mythic world older than ancient Greece; and where intelligent women like Mina Thorton can find absolute happiness in the guise of a made-to-order alien mate. In these stories of ghosts, alien abductions, and genetic experiments gone awry, immersed in a setting singing with cicadas, crawling with kudzu, and as redneck as any in the South, characters live and breathe with genuine hearts.

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William R. Eakin's stories have appeared in some 50 publications, including Amazing Stories, Science Fiction Age, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. He lives in Clarksville, Alabama.

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Many of these 13 stories are award winners. All are set in Redgunk, Mississippi, from which Eakin soon transports readers into his metaphysical, mythic speculations. The good old boys in them are caricatures. One, in "Lawnmower Moe," is a worthless boozer come back from the dead to mow his 40 acres to satisfy unnamed demons. In "Encounter in Redgunk," Orange Decker is transported to a UFO in which the mere push of a button produces candy bars and Playboy pinups. In "Unicorn Stew," a tender story that could have been written by Peter Beagle, because of their mother's bargain with a unicorn, a girl and boy escape the bleak childhood their father would have imposed on them. In "A God for Delphi," Eakin leans on Greek mythology to redeem yet another of his hicks. Entertaining, not as funny as he means to be, and sometimes touching, Eakin is a postmodernist, feminist, "literary" writer, whom some genre readers will find off-putting and obscure. John Mort
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